Sorry for the break…Here’s a quick recap!

I’m sorry for the break. Lots of things have been happening and had some family visits that needed to take priority. So I hope that I can return and continue documenting my journeys here.

First I took an impromptu trip with my Mom to Swarthmore, PA 2 weeks ago. My very young (96 years young) grandmother wasn’t doing so well and had been in the hospital. So Saturday morning my mom and I drove up to see her and to see how she was doing. My 1 Aunt lives next door and the other drove in from upstate NY. So much fun to see them. And as a surprise, my cousin from WV drove over and we got to hang out which was also fun. He and I haven’t had that before since he’s 10 years older than me and so we’ve been at different points in our lives until recently. It’s always nice to be around family. My grandmother is doing OK and we were able to help out a little bit. For being 96 she’s doing quite well, still in her own home, but now has a lot of help that comes in.

While I was up there, I had a 7 mile training run to complete. I got it done, but holy hills. IMG_5645I didn’t realize how many hills that small town had. It was quite amusing though, Friday afternoon, I was Google Mapping my plan of attack for the 7 miles and it wouldn’t let me put in any more points or change the route and I only had 6.5 miles. So my mom and I went for a drive that Saturday afternoon, to try and track the 7 miles and see how far I would actually have to go on Sunday. I got up on Sunday and started out. I stopped several times to take pictures. I don’t know how many more trips I’ll be taking up to PA and so I wanted to get things that would remind me of the quaint town. And I walked way more than I wanted, but I got the 7 miles in and even though it was a very slow 7 miles, it was still 7 miles.

IMG_5680Last week was filled with lots of Orangetheory Fitness. And I started going Monday through Thursday to help with training for the marathon. They were also having a Dri-Tri this past weekend and I had signed up for it only thinking after the fact and thinking what in the world did I get myself into. The tri consisted of a 2000 meter row, 300 body weight exercises, and then a 5k run. It took me about 56 minutes to complete and I got my legs back around 2.5 miles of the run. It was a fun experience for sure. I definitely had to pace myself on the row, and I’m a horrible rower, but I’m getting better. The next one will be in September so we’ll see if I venture that way again.

Today I had the distinct honor on being featured on my fellow Sweat Pink sister’s blog. You should go check it out here. She even spells her name the correct way, with an I-N, instead of E-N. Although I’m sure we’ve both had our fair share of misspellings. I love her blog. It’s been so much fun getting to know her and what she likes. Go check it out!

I hope you have an excellent start to the week. Sorry for my absence. Here’s to another week of marathon training and cross training. I have to build up my mental attitude for my 9 mile run this weekend. That’s going to be fun! It’s going to be in the best place ever! Cape Cod!

New Day = New Week = New Opportunities

It’s almost July and I can’t even believe that. It feels like this year just started and it’s already half over. There has been so much that has happened in the first half of the year.

Here’s a few things that happened since the beginning of the year that I never dreamed would have happened.

  1. I signed up for the NYC Marathon Lottery and got in. EEK! You can read about that here.
  2. Training for my second marathon…never thought I’d do that again.
  3. Signed up for some cross training with OrangeTheory Fitness and I absolutely love it.
  4. Took a leap and went through some testing with InsideTracker. You can read about the results here and go to InsideTracker here.
  5. Work got out of control busy and I’m still learning new things.
  6. I’m no where near the half way point of my 1,000 mile challenge for 2015.
  7. Started this blog. Who would have thunk!
  8. Ran 2 half marathons 8 days apart. That was crazy! Who thought that was a good idea?!
  9. Will attempt something crazier, a 5k on a Friday, 13.1 on a Saturday, and then a 5k on a Sunday in September. I know…who signs up for this stuff?!
  10. Having a blast!

Things are constantly moving and forever changing. No sooner do you have a plan then it always changes. I hope the second half of 2015 is fun and adventurous and enjoyable. Here’s to the next 6 months!

I’ve Been In Denial….

I’ve been in denial, and I’ve finally come to grips with what I’m going to share with you. About a month ago I had my blood drawn for some testing. I didn’t have anything going on but wanted to see what it would say. I had been thinking about this for awhile and finally took the leap and did it. I went through this company called Inside Tracker. You can go here and see what they are all about. I know my eating habits and drinking habits hadn’t been the best so I was anxious to see what would come of it. Needless to say it was a complete shock. I knew the results weren’t going to be good. BUT to be as bad as they were it completely threw me for a loop.

About a week, really only a few days, after I got my blood drawn I received the results. I was so nervous to open up the results to see what was wrong, because my first thought was how bad was I actually doing. I got to work and opened up the results and was stunned. I was deficient in a few areas, mainly vitamin D and iron. Those could be a big reason why I was struggling with some workouts. Ok no worries. Calcium and glucose were high. Ok, no problem, just need to keep those in check for the next round of testing. Then came the big reveal. My liver enzymes were high and borderline too high. Start the freak out moment. I know that I had been drinking more, and well, frankly needed to curb some of it. Just because you open a bottle of wine, doesn’t mean you have to drink the whole thing. Ugh. I know. Ok so keep looking at the results and come to the inner age page. Now I’m 31, but when I looked at the inner age, I started to freak out even more. I said I was 52!😲 Not fun to read that your inner age is 52 years old. Commence full freak out stage.

After a bit and reading more into it. I started to calm down a bit. Not too much though. I kept reading into it and what I really liked about the results from Inside Tracker is that it gave me a list of foods to eat to help change my inner age and my over all test results. So believe me I have made the list of foods that I needed to get from the grocery store. Most of the foods are basic like salads, avocados, walnuts, raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes (yuck).

So I’m on the train to hopefully a better me and one that won’t have an inner age of 52. I’ll find out in a few months when I go back. I’ll probably get checked again after my NYC Marathon. I’ve been working out more and trying to be more mindful of what I’m eating. Trying to incorporate all those wonderful new foods into my diet. I’m curious to see what the changes will be in the fall.

So here’s to being a healthier me, and to hopefully having great changes in the future!

Slump = New Adventures

Ok I admit it, my mind has gotten the better of me lately and therefore my running has been in a slump. I came back from my company’s trip and needed to get out of my rut like no other. I was also at a point where I didn’t like the way I looked and to be quite honest, my clothes weren’t fitting like I remembered (this has been happening for the last year or so, I’ve just been in denial about it. Simply saying the dryer shrunk my clothes or some other excuse 🙂 )

So I entered last week on a mission. I started cross training and spinning in addition to my training for the NYC Marathon. The running was becoming mundane and I knew I needed to change it up but also change up my working out and put some new things in there. I started this one fitness program that has you on the treadmill doing hills and intervals and pushing your pace to points where you get really uncomfortable. Some of my running buddies have seen some improvements in their running abilities and speed so I’m really looking forward to that. AND I’ve added a spin class to change it up as well to still get my heart rate up. I’ll tell you what though, this last week kicked my butt.

I had a 4 miler with a few of my running buddies Saturday evening. It was HOT! They gave us ice water at the water stop and it totally made me feel like I was going to get sick. So as a result I walked most of mile 2. Not the best but that’s ok. I then walked a song, ran a song for the remainder of the race. As a result I was a very slow 50 minutes for 4 miles. UGH! Oh well. I managed. But let me tell you, I was so freaking sore on Sunday and Monday. I went to my cross training class on Monday and had a hard time running and doing the exercises. But I did it. And last night the run kicked my but. Try running .6 miles at a decent pace at a 6% incline. Wowzers! I love it don’t get me wrong! But hot dang!

I keep looking at my arms and legs and think I see a change. BUT it’s only been a week so how can a change happen that fast? Yeah it’s pretty much all mental at that point. I hope to see some more changes and better changes in the future. Only time will tell.

National Running Day 2015

Today is National Running Day! I never thought I would still be running after these years and the trials and tribulations. Here’s a few questions about why I run and a little more about what I take with me.

1. Why do you run?

I run to keep myself healthy. But I also run to push myself and keep pursuing dreams that I never thought I’d have.

2. How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?

I plan on running, since I’m currently training for my 2nd Marathon. The NYC Marathon. Woohoo!

3. How many miles have you run so far this year?

A measly 179 miles

4. What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?

I will be running the NYC Marathon on 1 November

5. Before I leave for a run you must have:

My phone, roadID, Garmin Forerunner 220, Sparkle Athletic Visor, Headphones, and Camelbak depending on mileage.

6. Do you have one favorite app to track your runs?

I use the Nike+ app and the Garmin Connect

7. Who is your favorite running partner?

I have a group of ladies I run with on the weekends who are awesome! My coworker who runs with me during the week and then my good friend M who also keeps me healthy!

8. What races have you ran so far this year?

2-5ks, 1-10k, a 10 miler, 4 Half Marathons, and a 4 miler coming up

9. If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be?

Listen to your body and take a break if you need it. It’s ok.

10. Describe your relationship with running in one word:

Love/Hate

May Totals

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So May wasn’t the best month for me and my workouts. But that’s OK because June is going to rock! I had a total of 42.44 miles for May. Yikes…how is the marathon training to going go? It’s going to go well. It has to go well. It can’t be anything but including the good days and the bad days. My goal for June is 65 miles. 65 is totally doable and with my new motto…accept no limits…it will be done! And I’m going to be doing more of what me awesome! 🙂

What are your goals for the month of June? A certain number of miles? A new workout routine? Meditation?

VA Wine Country Half – Half Marathon #9

I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be still on this crazy half journey. When I started running in 2011 I thought I was crazy and totally didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I’m so grateful to be on this journey as much as I curse it sometimes…ok…most of the time.

Yesterday was half #9. It was a great morning for a run. I was nervous since the most miles I had up until that point was 3 on a training run. And in fact, I almost canceled. It was one of those things that I just knew it wasn’t going to be any record breaking personal bests or close to it. I just wanted to finish. I met up with T and D as it was their second half of their journey. It was great to share this experience with them. I’m so happy to share my experiences and what I’ve learned as they train for their first marathon this fall. The first part of the race was great! I had to stop and readjust my shoes to make the laces a bit tighter. Then they were almost too tight but they were ok. It was humid, but we had an overcast so it wasn’t humid and sunny which would have been worse. Around mile 5.5 we hit the gravel road. I thought I was going to be ok ok the gravel but oh no, I wasn’t. I ended up walking a lot of the gravel. And hills…holy hills. Around mile 9 we hit pavement again and that was awesome! It was so nice to be back on the pavement. My left hip took a hit with the unevenness of the gravel and so I’m stretching and dealing that today. I’ll be mended in no time 😉

I finished in just under 3 hours, I started my watch late oops. I’m honestly afraid to look at the results to see what my time really is. I’m disappointed in myself for not training better, but glad that I finished. It happens and we move on to the next race.

The medal was great! The bib was even better! One of the most unique bibs that I am now in possession of. It was very fitting that the run started and finished on the premises of a winery. I know cool right!

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The after party was awesome, and so glad to have some other wineries around to taste. I came home from the run and after party and showered, well got food too, and slept. I took a good 2.5 hour nap. I was even in bed early at 9. It was a long/short day if you know what I mean. It was a great day, it really was. I was happy to see the smiling faces at the finish line.

I hope you all have had a great weekend thus far and it continues to be great today!

Cheers!

Hello There Wednesday…

I have to admit, I was really defeated after yesterday’s very hot and humid and quite ugly run. I didn’t wander far from my mind at all how bad the run was. I didn’t even get my workout stuff together last night I was so discouraged. Anyways, I got up this morning knowing I had 3 miles to go and pushed myself out the door so that I could go ahead and get it over with. Horrible, I know right?

I can’t say that I had many expectations for this mornings run. One of those things that you just have to trudge through to get it done put the miles in the books and get on with your day. I got to the office to meet up with my running partner and we headed out to do 3 miles. He’s great because he lets me dictate the pace…not always a good thing but he’s one cool dude staying with me and making small talk while we make or way down the trail. Today was just like any other day on the trail, it was cool, and not humid. So much different than yesterday. Before I knew it we were half way done with our run. We turned around to head back to the office and I had to stop since I could feel a blister forming on top of my foot from the seam on my socks. First time that’s happened so we can check that box off. I fixed what I could and then continued on our way. Mr. speedy next to me decided to pick up the pace and I was trying to keep up as I already slow him down enough and I looked down at my watch to see what pace we were going and we were going at a 9:15 pace. WHOA! Um slow down…so we did and kept it at a reasonable pace for the remaining part. Once we cross the last road I usually pick it up and try to finish at a faster pace than the rest of the run.

We got off the trail stopped our watches and I had set a new PR for fastest 5k! It was only by 2 seconds, but still…new PR for me! Dance time. HAHA. It was a great morning for a run and I defiantly didn’t have any expectations to get a PR. So here’s to hoping for another great run tomorrow morning/afternoon/evening. I hope that I can have a similar run tomorrow!

Cheers!

Week #I don’t know, Day number 2 :)

So last week just wasn’t my week with training. It was like Murphy’s Law. Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong. Not how I wanted that week to be but so be it. Weeks like last week really discourage me and I have a hard time resetting my mindset and mental attitude.

Today is the day that I get back on track (again). I feel like this attempt at marathon #2 is definitely like getting back on track every other week. I hope that evens out soon to where I can just keep on track until November 2.

Todays run was hot, humid and very ugly. It was gross out, like 99% humidity and already around 70 degrees. My watch was doing funky things but seemed to stop on the way back to where I had gotten on the trail. I definitely struggled today. I hope that I don’t struggle tomorrow. It’s suppose to be cooler and way less humidity. I’m so looking forward to that.

Here’s to tomorrow and another training run.

Cheers! ⭐️

It’s Monday!

I can’t believe that we are approaching Memorial Day. It seems just like yesterday that the New Year started.

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Flat me for Carter’s Run

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Me and one of my BRF getting ready for the run

Any who…I had a fun weekend. Saturday was a Carter’s Run 5k. It was to support Dandy-Walker Syndrome and I wrote about it here. It was a great race. Very hot day for sure! We started at 9am and it was a great course. I felt bad for the people who were stuck on Gloucester Parkway but it was for a good cause. I got to see Erin from ErinRunsHappy at one of the water stations. I was so happy to see her around mile 2.5. She definitely put a smile on my face for the remaining tenths of the race. Shortly after that I saw another face I haven’t seen in a few years. He is always happy but he was definitely a guy who you knew when he was mad. He was       and continues to be an inspirational person. He’s done several races and triathlons. So I saw him and his daughter just after the water stop. His daughter was super cute and ran with me for a few.

Sunday morning was The Color Run! This was my 5th tiIMG_5134me running it and having so much fun! IMG_5146Just like my first time I ran it. I ran it with L and J. We got there and were excited to be there. We found J and got all ready to run. It was great morning.  A little humid, but better than freezing. We started our venture out on the course and got really colorful. This year they included a “shine” color station. Lots of glitter! So much glitter! I’m still getting it out of my ears. But that’s ok. We finished and got our medals (also new this year), and went over to the finish party. We did our color throw, and had some more fun before we headed back to our cars. It was a blast and I’ll definitely be back in September when they return to the DC areIMG_5152a.IMG_5155IMG_5127